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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations, memberships and training. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 
 

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Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
March 1, 2017
702 Communications
A Plus Services, LLC
Action Equipment & Scaffold, LLC
Asphalt Paving & Supply Inc.
Association of Energy Services Companies
BSN Sports
BWCC
Central Machining & Pump Repair
Circle C Enterprises LLC
Double J Manufacturing and Repair, Inc.
Eklipse Resources LLC
Jameson, Roger
Jessup Diesel Inc.
LT Environmental, Inc.
North American Crane Certification
Stark County
Tanco Engineering, INC.
The Painters Inc
Thomas & Betts Power Solutions
Triple AAA Safety/Training Inc.
 
Renewing Members as of 
March 1, 2017
Addison Construction Company
Agri Industries
American Efficiency Services, LLC
Associated Builders &  Contractors of MN/ND
Azco, Inc.
Baranko Brothers, Inc.
Barr Engineering Company
Bektrom Foods, Inc
Beverage Wholesalers
Bismarck Public Schools
Bismarck State College
BNI Coal LTD
Bosch Lumber
Brahama Group
BRC Construction
Brock Services LLC
Brooks Rigging, Inc.
Burleigh County
Camrud-Foss Concrete Const, Inc.
Capital City Construction
Central Power Electric Coop
City of Bismarck-Human Resources
City of Dickinson
Construction Engineers, Ltd.
Crane Johnson Company, Inc.
CST Storage
D & E Supply Co.
Dicks Vacuum Service
Dietrichs of Grand Forks, Inc.
Distribution NOW
Double EE Service, Inc.
Early Years
Edward H. Schwartz Construction
Electrical Services
Electrical Technologies & Supply, Inc
Elkhorn Construction Inc
Enbridge Pipelines LLC
Flickertail Paving & Supply
FNF Construction, Inc
Fortis Energy Services, Inc.
Freedom Terminal Services
Glen Ullin Public Schools
Harlow's
Haugen Masonry Contractor's, Inc.
Hettinger County
Hogenson Construction of ND, Inc.
Hunter Grain Company
Ideal Aerosmith
Impact Dakota
Indigo Signworks, Inc.
JDI Contracts
Jessen Roofing Inc.
JMAC Resources
K G Contracting Company, Inc.
Kalix
Keller Paving & Landscaping, Inc
Knife River Corp - ND Division
Knutson Farm Service Inc.
L & S Worrel Trucking, Inc.
Magna Energy Service
Marcy Construction
Maring Williams Law Office
Martin Construction, Inc.
Mayo Construction Co.
MCM General Contractors
Mercer County Highway Dept.
Midland Garage Door Mfg
Midwest Concrete Pumping
Minnesota Valley Testing Lab - MVTL
Minot Automotive Center
Missouri River Contracting
Mohl Drilling, Inc.
Mountain States Environmental Services
ND Dept Of Public Instruction
ND Rural Water Systems Assoc.
ND School Boards Association
North Central Grain Coop
NorthStar Safety, Inc.
Northwinds of Wyoming, Inc.
Otis Elevator
Otter Tail Corporation
Park Construction
Pioneer Drilling
Power Tech Services LLC
Prairie Knights Casino & Resort
Professional Contractors, Inc.
Prolandscapers
Pro-Pipe Corporation
PS Door Services
Puklich Chevrolet, Inc.
Quam Construction Co Inc
R J Zavoral & Sons, Inc.
Radiation Solutions LLC
Resource Transport, LLC
Robert Gibb & Sons, Inc.
Rolac Contracting, Inc.
Rustad's Gravel, LLC
S & A Safety, LLC
Sabin Metal West Corp
Safety Works
Scheck Industries, Inc.
SM Energy Company
Straightway Construction, Inc
Sumter Transport
Superheat FGH Services, Inc.
T.C. Edwards
Team Industrial Services, Inc.
Thompson Rural Fire Protection District
Three Affiliated Tribes - Maintenance Department
Trinity Health WIN
Turbine Master, Inc.
UESCO Warehouse
United Rentals
US Bureau of Reclamation
Viant Crane, LLC
Wagner Industrial Electric
Western Area Power Administration
Williams County Highway Dept.
Wilson Construction, Inc.
Winco Inc.
 

Preventing Injuries on the Farm

March 24, 2017 - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries, and farming is one of the few industries in which family members share the same occupational risks.

In 2012, 374 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury. On average, 113 youth under age 20 die each year from farm-related injuries. Of the leading sources of fatal injuries to youth, 23% involved machinery, 19% involved motor vehicles (including ATVs), and 16% were due to drowning.
To help protect young farm workers, the NDSC encourages you to:

  • Educate them about the dangers associated with power take-offs (PTO).
  • Review emergency plans with them, including how to shut down PTO and other farm equipment in an emergency.
  • Require them to wear seatbelts in all farm vehicles, including tractors.
  • Only allow young workers to operate ATVs appropriate for their age and size.
    See our ATV Safety Tip Sheet.
  • Educate them on safe grain bin entry procedures, including using a lifeline system and lock-out/tag-out protocol.

For even more safety tips, check out our Agricultural Hazards and Coping with Heat Stress tip sheets.

Other helpful resources include National Farmers Union; the Grain Handling Coalition; and Workforce Safety and Insurance’s Ag Safety Toolbox and Video Library.



Raise Awareness to Help Eliminate Preventable

 Injuries and Deaths During Distracted Driving Awareness Month

 

March 31, 2017 -- The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from crashes caused while texting and driving - each one 100% preventable. And while 53% of U.S. drivers believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device, it's just not true. Research has found hands-free features, including voice to text, actually increase mental distraction causing drivers to miss seeing up to 50% of what's around them.

 

Distractions not only include phone calls, texts, and emails, but also GPS systems, computers, applying makeup, eating, and updating social media. All of these tasks take our focus off the road and create potentially dangerous situations for ourselves and others sharing the road.

 

To raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) is joining the NSC in observing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The public can help spread the message by downloading free tools such as posters, social media graphics, and fact sheets.

 

The NDSC offers these simple tips to help keep drivers' eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on driving:

  1. Pull over to use your cell phone, or let calls go to voicemail while driving.
  2. If you're going on a longer drive, schedule breaks to stop, park safely, and respond to messages and emails.
  3. Know where you're going before you put the car in "drive." Put your destination into your GPS prior to getting on the road.
  4. Avoid the temptation of looking at your phone by placing it in the glove compartment or in your purse until you arrive safely at your destination.
  5. Do not call or text friends or family if you know they are driving.

The NDSC encourages you to join in the following events aimed at improving awareness of the consequences associated with destructive decisions behind the wheel:

  • Run for Change Deutscher Family Memorial event on Saturday, April 22. Visit www.ndrun.org for more information.
  • Pledge to be an attentive driver. Take the pledge to never drive distracted at www.nsc.org/pledge.

Spring Safety & Health Awards Ceremony
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March 22, 2017 – We invite you to join us Wednesday, April 12 from 12pm to 1:15pm for our Safety & Health Awards Ceremony. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Bismarck Municipal Country Club as we recognize safety and health professionals from around the region for their dedication to safety excellence.
 
The program will feature an inspirational presentation by Ron Day, Director of Government and Public Affairs at Tesoro. This event is open to the public and all NDSC members, nominees and award winners are invited to attend.
 
 
The NDSC’s awards program is designed to honor member companies with outstanding safety programs, employees with superior safety records, and those who have gone above and beyond to improve safety and health environments in their communities.
 

Prescription Drug Epidemic Affecting Citizens at Home and Work
NDSC urges all citizens to take action during Poison Prevention Week

March 20, 2017 -- Poisonings, largely from opioid painkillers, now eclipse car crashes as the leading cause of preventable death among adults in the U.S. In North Dakota from 2009 to 2014, there were 240 deaths due to poisonings. Narcotics and alcohol were the most common substances resulting in death among residents ages 30 to 50 years old.

“The prescription drug epidemic is adversely affecting the lives of our citizens, at work and at home,” says Chuck Clairmont, executive director of the North Dakota Safety Council. “We need to take this threat seriously and start taking steps to protect our workers and their families.”

Nearly half of Americans are personally impacted by prescription drug addiction, with 44 percent knowing someone who is addicted to a prescription pain reliever. Seventy-five percent of those struggling with a substance use disorder are in the workforce, revealing a hidden epidemic that many employers are struggling to address. A recent survey released by the National Safety Council shows only 19 percent of employers feel ‘extremely prepared’ to deal with prescription drug misuse in the workplace.

In recognition of Poison Prevention Week taking place March 19 through 25, the North Dakota Safety Council encourages citizens to take steps to protect themselves, loved ones, and their employees from the prescription drug epidemic:

  • Prepare Your Workplace
    Employers should establish policies to manage opioid use at work. Download a free Prescription Drug Employer Toolkit now.
  • Know Your Medicine
    Know the name, reason for use, and possible side effects of all your medications.
  • Keep a Current Medicine List
    Your list should include all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Bring this list with you to all doctor’s appointments.
  • Poison Proof Your Home
    Keep all medications locked and out of children’s reach.
  • Never Share Medicine
    Only use medicine that is prescribed for you, and never share your prescriptions with anyone else.
  • Participate in Local Drug Take-Back Programs
    Properly dispose of unused or unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications.
    Find a Take-Back location near you.

For even more tips on keeping your home safe, download our Poison Safety or Preventing Overdoses tip sheets.

Find more Poison Prevention Week resources and safety tips at www.poisonhelp.hrsa.gov.


Free Training Event to be Held in Grand Forks
New OSHA Rules Mean Big Changes. Are You Ready?

March 2, 2017 - The next Critical Issues event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 from 7:30 – 9am in Grand Forks. Get all of the information you need to ensure compliance after updates to OSHA’s recordkeeping and confined space standards. Attend this free session and get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, including:

  • What’s the difference between the 1926 and 1910 confined space standards?
  • How do I know whether to follow the confined space standard for general industry or construction?
  • Who needs to electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA?
  • Are there changes to the types of injuries I need to report?
  • Am I required to keep injury records, or am I exempt?

The session will include a Q&A segment, giving you the chance to ask a safety consultant any additional questions you have!

This event is free for NDSC Members and open to the public for $30.
Click here to register now.

The Critical Issues Training Series is a networking and learning opportunity for the safety professional, featuring topics to make their jobs easier and workplaces safer. The trainings are free to NDSC members, open to the public, and rotate to a new city each quarter.


Individuals Honored During Ceremony of Champions

February 27, 2017 – On February 23, the North Dakota Safety Council recognized numerous safety champions during their 2017 Ceremony of Champions, held in conjunction with the 44th Annual Safety & Health Conference.

“These award winners demonstrated exceptional dedication to safety. It is our honor to recognize those who embody our mission of saving lives and preventing injuries across North Dakota,” said Chuck Clairmont, NDSC Executive Director.

The following awards were presented during the ceremony:

Duane Kuehn Outstanding Safety Professional:
The most prestigious of the NDSC’s awards, the Duane Kuehn Outstanding Safety Professional award, was presented to Barry Burnfield of Oneok Rockies Midstream. This award is presented annually to an individual who has been instrumental in the development and implementation of safety programs that increase the safety of their organization or community.

NDSC Lifesaver Award:
The NDSC’s Lifesaver Award is presented annually to individuals who have acted above and beyond the call of duty to assist or rescue another individual. The following individuals received the award: Jill Carlson (Fargo), Jayden Concha (Dickinson), Michael Olson (St. Paul, MN), Morgan Palmer (Portland), Cailee Peterson (Mayville), Margaret Powell (Grand Forks), Jacinda Praus (Dickinson), Jaden Praus (Dickinson), Jonathan Praus (Dickinson), Justin Praus (Dickinson), Nathan Stieg (Dickinson), Bill Vest (Tioga), Shane Wasylow (Grand Forks), Tyler Conley (Bismarck), and Chris von Wedell (Bismarck).

If you are interested in nominating a deserving individual in 2017, please call us at (800) 932-8890 or visit www.ndsc.org/awards for more information.



Safety Tips for Driving in Winter Conditions

January 3, 2017 -- Winter driving in North Dakota can be hazardous and scary. In fact, according to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy, or icy roads every winter. But planning ahead can ensure a safe and happy trip is had by all.

The North Dakota Safety Council recommends taking the following precautions to help you arrive safely at your destination:

  1. Check the weather before you go. Wait out any storms if possible. If you must travel, allow plenty of time, and make sure to share your travel plans with others before you leave.
  2. Prepare your car for winter. Check the condition of your vehicle's ignition, brakes, battery, antifreeze, and wiring.
  3. Know what to do to avoid a crash. Do not use cruise control in wintry conditions, accelerate and decelerate slowly, look and steer in the direction you want to go, and increase your following distance.
  4. Do not leave home without these: a full tank of gas, spare tire, shovel, jumper cables, tow rope, first aid kit, ice scraper, flashlight, reflective triangles or flares, nonperishable food, candle and matches, and extra blankets, mittens, socks and hats.
  5. If you do get stranded: stay with your vehicle, make sure the exhaust pipe isn't blocked, and signal distress with a brightly colored cloth.

Preparing for a winter road trip can make your trip safer, reduce your risk of an incident, and help you deal with any potential weather emergencies. To further prepare yourself for getting behind the wheel, all while getting an insurance discount, register for a Bismarck's Adverse Weather Driving Course on February 13!

Visit our Traffic Safety page to learn more.


Are You Receiving Our Email Updates?

The NDSC sends out relevant safety and training information to members and safety advocates, via email, on a regular basis. Some companies’ Internet Service Providers (ISP) block emails from the NDSC’s email service, Constant Contact. If your company is a member of the NDSC, or you have signed up to receive our email updates, but have not been receiving them,

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS TO UNBLOCK INCOMING NDSC EMAILS.

If you would like to receive our email updates but are not currently signed up, please sign up today! We offer information including monthly training updates, NDSC Quarterly Newsletters, and relevant safety news updates.

The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.